The Penny Daum Aldrich Annual Holocaust Essay Contest


2019 topic: Understanding the Holocaust: Why is it Relevant Today?


This Holocaust essay writing contest, held annually for high school students in the Durham and Chapel Hill communities,

is meant to inspire students to learn about the Holocaust and to think about its implications in their lives and their world.


The winners ​receive a monetary prize (1st Prize ~ $250, 2nd Prize ~ $125). 

They ​are recognized and awarded their prizes​ ​at the Annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Service​ (this year on May 5, 2019) 

https://shalomdch.org/see-how-we-help/awards-contests/holocaust-remembrance-essay-contest/


2018 Essay Winners:

First and second place winners ​for 2018 have been announced by the Jewish Community Foundation of Durham-Chapel Hill. 
Emily Abramowitz is the 1st prize winner for her essay titled "Yad Vashem: Keeping the Memory of the Children Alive"
and Moira Pecor is the 2nd prize winner for her essay titled "Rena's Promise and the Relevance of the Holocaust Today"


Essay Contests

The Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest 


The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students and is designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Scholarships are awarded to top winning essayists, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Second and Third Place winners receive cash prizes of $500 and $250. See the Holocaust Remembrance Project website for more information.




If you have information on regional or national essay contests

relevant to our mission, please contact Sharon Halperin at: sharonhalperin88@gmail.com .​




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The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina 
Holocaust Speakers Bureau